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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Alfred A. Brown, a successful farmer of Section 29, Franklin Township, Newton Co., Mo., is a son of James and Luannah (Secrest) Brown, both natives of Kentucky, and was born in Fleming County, Ky., November 14, 1829, but was reared in Rush and Shelby Counties, Ind. James Brown’s father was a native of Virginia, and his mother, who was an Ingraham, was of the same stock. Alfred A., our subject, is the third child and the second son of a family of six sons and six daughters, five sons and five daughters of whom grew to years of maturity. The father was a black-smith by trade, and in connection with this carried on farming. Alfred A. was reared in Indiana, and followed the profession of teaching for some time. He was married in Rush County, Ind., to Miss Sina, daughter of Jesse Thomas. In 1852 Mr. Brown left Indiana, and located in Jones County, Iowa, where for many years he carried on farming and merchandising. In 1870 he moved to Newton County, purchased property, and has since carried on farming. Of his family of nine sons and three daughters, six sons and three daughters still survive. They are named as follows: Annie (wife of Edward Frank,of Newtonia Township), Howard (in Kansas), Frank M., Jefferson D., Eva (wife of Frank Lucas), Lorena, George W., James and William. While living in Iowa Mr. Brown held the positions of clerk, assessor and collector. He has also served as treasurer of this township several times, and a member of the school board. He has 200 acres in his present farm, 100 acres in Newtonia Township, and 130 acres in Franklin Township. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Christian Church.

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